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2013 State Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced
Artists Recognized During Ceremony at State Capitol
- March 19, 2013

Winners of Oklahoma’s 2013 International Aviation Art Contest were recognized recently for their artwork during an awards ceremony at the state Capitol.

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb provided brief remarks during the ceremony and presented each of the winners with a certificate of achievement and a cash prize. Students who finished first in each age category were presented with $100 checks, while the second- and third-place winners received $75 and $50 checks, respectively. In addition, the young artists were presented with citations from their respective lawmakers recognizing their achievements.

The International Aviation Art Contest encourages youth from around the world, ages 6 to 17, to reflect on aviation by designing a piece of art based on the year’s chosen theme. This year’s contest theme was “My Favorite Air Sport.”

"This year, we received more entries from across Oklahoma than perhaps any year in recent memory, and we’re hoping to expand our outreach even further next year,” said Victor Bird, director of aeronautics. “This annual contest is important to our state in that it introduces many of our youth to the aviation and aerospace industry, one of the state’s top economic engines. Hopefully, someday they will become part of that workforce.”  

In the junior division, ages 6 to 9, Thomas Buchanan from Newalla, who attends Clara Reynolds Elementary in Harrah, took home first prize. This marks the second consecutive year that Buchanan has finished first in Oklahoma’s aviation art contest. In 2010 he finished in second place. This year’s second-place winner was Juvey Hidrogo from Glenpool Elementary School, while Edmond’s Aubrey Robichaux, a student at Russell Dougherty Elementary, placed third.

William Sobral, a home-schooled student from Oklahoma City, was the first-place winner in the intermediate division, ages 10-13. Chase Olson from Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid finished in second, while Lucas Boren from Winding Creek Elementary School in Moore took third.

In the senior division, ages 14-17, Reece McQueen of Langley, a student at Ketchum High School, won first place. McQueen competed in the senior division in 2011 and 2012 and took second both years. He won top honors in the intermediate division in 2009 and 2010 aviation art contests. Morgan Carr, a student from East Central Junior High in Tulsa, took second, while Rachel Yang from Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid placed third.

The top three entries in each age division were forwarded to Washington, D.C., where they will compete against other winners around the U.S. for the national contest with the right to move on to the international competition.

Judges for this year’s art contest were Glen Henry, director of arts education at the Oklahoma Department of Education; Michael Eddins, arts education director for the Oklahoma Arts Council; and Jim Rice, president of Pro-Fab, Inc. in Oklahoma City.

The 2013 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored, in large part, by the National Aeronautic Association, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, Federal Aviation Administration and the Ken Cook Co.


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View the winning artwork from the 2013 International Aviation Art Contest

Buchanan art 2013

Artwork by Thomas Buchanan, 9, of Newalla who won first place in the Junior category of the Oklahoma 2013 International Aviation Art Contest. He was one of nine young people recognized recently at the state Capitol for their winning artwork.